Playing for keeps: Ana Ivanovic & Bastian Schweinsteiger’s stunning Venice wedding

Game, set, perfect match! Tennis pro Ana Ivanovic and Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger were married recently at a stunning and intimate ceremony in a Venice church.

Tennis player Ana Ivanovic and German soccer player Bastian Schweinsteiger sit in the back of a boat during their wedding, in Venice on July 12, 2016. Luigi Costantini | AP Photo

It’s not every day that a pro athlete falls in love with another pro athlete (especially ones who compete in two different sports) but that’s exactly what happened when 31-year-old Manchester United player Bastian Schweinsteiger began dating Ana Ivanovic, the world ranked tennis pro, back in 2014. The two mostly kept their romance out of the limelight, but it was hard not to notice how supportive they were of one another from the start: Schweinsteiger frequently appeared in Ivanovic’s spectator box to cheer her on at matches (see his reaction to her 2015 French Open win with this vine. The pure excitement and pride on his face is adorable). But that’s nothing compared to the winning smile Schweinsteiger flashed as the couple came down the stairs of a beautiful Venice church this week, after trying the knot with his soul mate.

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s wedding

The happy couple leave the church Chiesa dell’Abbazia della Misericordia after their church wedding in Venice on 13 July 2016. Jörg Carstensen | Picture Alliance | Dpa | AP Images

First, the sports power couple held a formal, legal marriage at the Venice town hall, where Ivanovic wore a floor-length white halter-style silhouette, delicately accented with vertical ruffles that fell to her feet. Underneath the gown were simple white pumps, that seemingly gave her no trouble at all as she walked along the Venice docks to get into a pretty wooden boat to zoom along the city’s famous canals with her groom.

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s wedding

The couple leave the Aman Grand Canal hotel to reach the wedding hall at Palazzo Cavalli before the celebration of their marriage on July 12, 2016 in Venice. Awakening | Getty Images

A day later, the couple had a full religious wedding ceremony at the Misericordia Church in Venice. Both Ivanovic and Schweinsteiger gave their social media followers a “first look” by sharing separate but matching posts (his on Twitter hers on Twitter and Instagram) that said “Time to go!!!” just before the main event:

Schweinsteiger, who plays center midfield, and has won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, wore a dark suit with crisp lines, a small white boutonniere and sunglasses tucked in with his pocket square, all ready for a boat ride.

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s wedding

Bastian Schweinsteiger travels by water taxi with his friends from the Aman Grand Canal Hotel to the church for his wedding to Ana Ivanovic. Awakening | Getty Images

Ivanovic wore a stunning sweetheart gown with a detailed feathered bodice and a very full A-Cinderella-like ballroom skirt and train designed by Suzie Turner Couture. Around her neck sat a single sophisticated pearl. The veil, a long sweeping organza wisp, was the perfect touch for the couple’s traditional ceremony. And any bride who dreams of perfect peonies on her wedding day—that beautiful fluffy flower that only summer brides can have—will instantly fall in love with Ivanovic’s sweet and simple white bouquet of the full-headed flower. Here bridesmaids held matching even smaller versions—proving you don’t need to be holding big bouquets to look amazing on your big day.

Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s wedding

Ana Ivanovic and her father Miroslav Ivanovic enter the church for her wedding to Bastian Schweinsteiger. Awakening | Getty Images

Both unique, Ana Ivanovic’s dresses were chic and lovely in very different ways, but what they had in common was a clean, simple elegance that let the spectacular Venice venues shine right along with the happy couple. If we could sum the whole thing up in one word? #breathtaking.

Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer
Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman's Day, Reader's Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.

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